Looking at newspaper infographics – By Emily

I thought it would be interesting to look at infographics inside different newspapers and magazines.

From The Observer,  The New Review, 18.03.12

This is clever and eye-catching. It’s also helpful; if you don’t recognise the names of the celebrities, you may be able to recognise their faces. The names in bright red really make the type stand out.

From The Observer 18.03.12

This small picture shows a map of Ireland and specifically it shows two places in the Republic of Ireland which are relevant to the story. The area is emphasised because the colour has been washed out of the rest of the map.

From The Observer 18.03.12

This map shows places to visit in Edinburgh relative to other places such as Edinburgh Castle. This map is not particularly eye-catching but it does show clearly how near these locations are to each other.

From The Observer 18.03.12

This graph clearly shows that the share price of Signet Jewellers went down during the end of April. It is a very simple design. The the red colour contrasts with the teal colour which makes the red line stand out.

From The Observer 18.03.12

This is a very simple infographic showing that one man is making a lot of money and the boss of Trinity Mirror has let its share price drop massively. The figures are  not represented in a visual in the same way the figures are in the Signet Jewellers infographic. It is not particularly eye-catching but it has a simple and clear design which can be easily understood.

From The Observer 18.03.12

This graph is very simple and clear. It has the same style as the Signet Jewellers graph with the red contrasting with the teal making the red line stand out.

From The Observer 18.03.12

The top graph has the same style showing red contrasting with teal. Underneath the bar graph clearly shows that numbers are decreasing.

From The Observer 18.03.12

These two images show the weather over the UK. The clouds are icons. It is clear and easy to see what the weather is.

From The Observer 18.03.12

This shows the weather in other countries. The cold and warm front is shown by symbols. The map is coloured in different colours which show the temperature. I think this is a clever way of showing the temperature every where.

From The Observer Magazine, 18.03.12

This is clever and eye-catching catching because of the way the ladies pictures have been used to make a bar graph type infographic. It looks so much more interesting like this than if normal bars had have been used.

From The Observer Magazine, 18.03.12

This infographic shows different places to visit in Berlin. It is very simple, clear and it is easy to see each location on the map. None of the street names have been written in but two of the Plazas have been so you can see where the locations are relative to the Plazas. The colour scheme is fresh which works well.

From The Observer Magazine, 18.03.12

This is an advert for a ferry ride to visit The Isle of Man. There is a map in the centre of the advert.

From The Observer Magazine, 18.03.12

Here is a close up of the map which shows where you can sail from. I think there is quite a lot going on in this advert and one of the pictures is cut off.

From The Observer, Sunday 18 March 2012

This one is in the style of a map and an illustration at the same time. I think it is quite colourful and eye-catching. There are a lot of little trees in the picture which make it harder to pick out the actual locations to visit. People may be attracted to the area because it is wooded in which case this infographic has been successful in showing that.

From The Observer, 18.03.12

This one is in the form of a timeline which is a clever idea. It uses bright red to accent the names of the teams so they stand out. The pictures of the players give an idea of how dramatic the match was.

From The Courier, see below for details.

This infographic uses an illustration of an ear to show how you wear a Lyric hearing aid. This illustration is simple yet it perfectly displays how the hearing aid is positioned into the ear. This design is really effective and gives an immediate impression of the product. The type used for the name Lyric is minimal and stylish.

From The Courier, see below for details.

Very simple infographic emphasising that two people have had a good week and two people have had a bad week. The arrows catch you’re attention.

From The Courier, see below for details.

Clever infographic showing a man’s heart rate through his day. I think it is eye-catching because you want to know what has caused the spikes in the reading.

From The Courier, see below for details.

These beige coloured boxes explain what made his heart rate rise. I was surprised that waiting to cross the road increased his heart rate a lot. This infographic may not be the most attractive to look at but I do think it is eye-catching.

From The Courier, see below for details.

This is an advert for a coach service to London. The infographic is the map of the coach route. It is very clear and easy to understand.

From The Swiss Review, for details see below.

This is a key for the graph below. The key clearly shows the different political parties. The designer has used abbreviations which may impede some people’s understanding if they aren’t aware what they stand for.

From The Swiss Review, for details see below.

The type here clearly explains what this article is about.

From The Swiss Review, for details see below.

These graphs are very bright and colourful. I can easily compare each canton with the results from Swiss people abroad. The only criticism I can see is that I have to keep looking back at the key to see which party is represented by which colour which is a bit annoying.

From The Guardian, see below for details.

I think this infographic is clever, really simple to understand and it looks like a bagel. It clearly shows that most people responded ‘Yes’.

My conclusions

  • There are lots of different types of infographics such as maps, bar charts, pictograms, timelines and pie charts. The designer must decide which type is best for the type of information they want to display.
  • The type of infographics that are displayed in newspapers aren’t always very eye-catching as it is more important for the information to be displayed clearly and be able to be understood quickly. It isn’t necessary for all infographics to be full of bright colours or pictures.
  • Infographics can be made from photos, illustrations, vectors and type.
  • Some infographics have a clever design and use a picture to show an amount such as the ‘Nice Little Earners’ one. This type of infographic is really eye-catching.
  • Contrasting colours can help the values in the infographic to stand out to the audience.
  • Some infographics require a key to help the audience to understand what is being shown.
  • Placing some elements side by side in an infographic can help the audience to compare different values.
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